By Lee Walker Helland... via Self.com
What you eat shows on your face. Dig in to these delicious beautifiers—research shows they'll bring you a smooth, clear, "I just ran 5 miles" glow. Plus, we found beauty products that deliver the same nutrients, fast.
Party all night and still look fresh and dewy the next morning. Almonds' vitamin E brightens drab "hungover" skin by neutralizing free radicals, molecules that dull your look. Plus, almonds' fatty acids make you gleam, say SELF contributing experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D.
The fruit throws wrinkles into reverse. Our bodies convert apricots' vitamin A to retinol, a compound that helps produce new cells. "These cells have smoother-looking barriers, as if they were 20 years younger," says Kenneth Beer, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of Miami.
A crab roll (whether in a hot dog bun or sushi) helps keep your face zit-free. When nasty stuff like oil and bacteria clogs pores, it leads to inflammation and acne. Enter crab's zinc: It helps reduce inflammation to minimize the pimple-making damage.
Dark under-eye circles can make you look like the Crypt Keeper—not cute. But the vitamin C in oranges banishes bags. It strengthens collagen, the skin's supportive structure, to lift sunken areas that create shadows.
Does your skin take its sweet time to spring back when you press it? Green tea's antioxidants may restore bounce. Women who drank a green tea extract daily saw 4 percent more elasticity, The Journal of Nutrition finds.